Top things to do

American in Stuart

11 Maple St

This romantic spot, a series of rooms inside a historic cottage, has a daily changing menu of eclectic large and small plates, from roasted pompano with saffron essence to grilled elk tenderloin. For special-occasio…
Museum in Stuart

Elliott Museum

The eccentric Elliott collection has a focus on early 20th-century technology, and for good reason – the museum was founded by Harmon Elliott, the son of Sterling Elliott, who invented the kingpin and steering knuck…
International in Stuart

The Gafford

It's hard to score a seat at Stuart's latest casual-chic, busy and loud eatery (that is, unless you want to eat a full meal at 5:30pm). However, if you do manage to wait it out, it's worth it. You'll be wowed by the…
Aquarium in Stuart

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Science Center

This center is great for kids who'll be mesmerized by the four 300-gallon tropical-fish aquariums, a worm reef and touch tanks with crabs, sea cucumbers and starfish. There's an excellent menu of guided tours and na…
Beach in Stuart

Hutchinson Island

This long, skinny barrier island, which begins in Stuart and stretches north to Fort Pierce, features a stunning array of unspoiled beaches. All beaches have free access, and are excellent for walking, swimming and …
Cajun in Stuart

Crawdaddy's

This place is a sliver of the French Quarter right near the beach. The menu is drenched in Louisiana tradition – think rum-soaked shrimp and a New Orleans picnic (for hungry seafood-lovers). A twinkling courtyard ho…
Caribbean in Stuart

Conchy Joe's

Overlooking St Lucie River, this offers the 'flavor' of old Florida with exotic drinks and pub grub at a palm-tree-filled bar. It's a surefire blast when the band's jamming.
Hot Dogs in Stuart

Fredgie's Hot Dog Wagon

This vending cart has been dishing dogs for nearly two decades.